The Sisters of Bon Secours will co-operate fully with any inquiry into discovery of mass baby grave

tuamgraveThe Sisters of Bon Secours say they will co-operate fully with any inquiry the Government carries out into discovery of a mass baby grave in Co. Galway.

Almost 800 dead babies and infants were found in a septic tank on the grounds of a former Mother and Baby Home just outside Tuam.

In a statament this evening, the Sisters says they're shocked and deeply saddened by the discovery and say that all records were returned to the local authority when the home closed in 1961 and would now be with the HSE in Co. Galway.

The Minister for Children told the Dáil this evening that the mass grave in Tuam will not be the only one subject to investigation.

But Charlie Flanagan admitted he had no power to ensure a criminal investigation by the Gardaí:

Meanwhile, Well-known cleric Fr Brian Darcy has said the discovery of almost 800 babies' bodies next to a Galway mother-and-baby home is as bad as anything that happened in Nazi Germany.

Fr Brian Darcy said he thought previous scandals involving the Church had left him "unshockable", but that this was a shocking as something that happened in Germany during World War II...